Marksmanship Unit Ticketed for Quantico

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps will move its Marksmanship Training Unit, now at Camp Matthews, Calif., to the Marine Corps Schools at Quantico, Va., sometime during September.

The unit is scheduled to become active at Quantico on Oct. 1, 1962.

MTU was first organized in 1956 at Camp Matthews for the purpose of developing practices and methods by which the application of fire by small arms weapons could be improved.

No reason for the move was given, but the Corps has asked Congress for permission to switch about $1 million from Camp Pendleton to Quantico for improvement of range facilities.

Some of the marines now serving with MTU are Capt. William W. McMillan, winner of the 1960 Olympic gold medal in rapid-fire pistol shooting; GySgt. James T. Hill, winner of a silver medal in prone rifle firing during the 1960 Olympics, and GySgt. Michael Pietroforte, the only person ever to win the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match with a perfect score. Pietroforte fired his "possible" during the 1958 national matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.

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